Image Scholarship FAQs

Q: When can I apply?

A: The online application will be available in early January; with a deadline in February 3, 2020. For new applicants, the online application usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and requires a brief personal statement, which can be the essay from your Common Application. The application also requires two letters of recommendation and your high school transcript. The Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or CSS Profile is required only for financial need-based scholarships; submission of SAT/ACT score reports is optional but encouraged.

Q: Do you need my official SAT/ACT report?

A: No; you may submit a photocopy of your official report or a printout of your online score report.

Q: Do you have to be an Arlington public high school senior or resident to apply for a scholarship?

A: No. Some of our scholarships are for Arlington public high school seniors only and some are for Arlington residents only. Apply for a scholarship and the Foundation will match you to the ones for which you qualify.

Q: I need help filling out my FAFSA

A: For questions regarding the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. Please note that the Foundation requires the “Expected Family Contribution” amount from the FASFA. If your family’s taxes are not final when you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a preliminary “Expected Family Contribution” amount that can be submitted to the Foundation.

Q: What if I cannot fill out a FAFSA or CSS Profile?

A: You may still submit an application and be considered for all of our non-financial need-based scholarships. In addition, there may be other scholarship programs to which you can apply; contact your school’s counselor for more information. Websites like FastWeb and FinAid are good search engines for scholarships of all types.

Q: When will I hear if I received a scholarship?

A: We anticipate notifying selected applicants of their scholarship match and amounts by the middle of April to allow time for this offer to be incorporated into college acceptance plans. There will be an evening reception for all recipients at the beginning of June. Checks are mailed directly to universities and colleges in July.